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Pack Square, Asheville

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
The vision of a park in Asheville's historic central square dates back more than 100 years. In 1901, philanthropist George Willis Pack gave the county a plot of land for a new courthouse on College Street. The terms of the gift required the county to demolish the old courthouse, which then stood on the square, and to maintain the square as a public park forever.

The dream of improving this space has been revived periodically over the years, and, in 1999, a water leak under a street in Pack Square brought the topic to the forefront once again. As it became clear that extensive work would be required to update water lines in the area, a citizens' group launched a discussion about creating a beautiful new public park that would embrace Pack Square and City-County Plaza. Community and business leaders and elected officials joined the conversation and formed the Pack Square Renaissance task force, which began the lengthy task of planning the 6.5-acre park.

In October 2000, Pack Square Conservancy was established as a non-profit organization charged with designing, building and funding the new park. The planning and design process continued for several years and included 24 public workshops and forums in which hundreds of citizens voiced their preferences for a variety of features. The most popular requests were for open green space, water features, original art by regional artists, a large performance stage and public restrooms. Construction on the park infrastructure began in the east end of the park in late 2005.

Thanks to the generous contributions and hard work of hundreds of people, Pack Square Park is no longer just a dream! Historic Pack Square opened in stages over the summer of 2009, and the fences came down in Roger McGuire Green on September 25. Life is returning to the park as families and friends gather to admire the fountains, the handmade tiles on the stage, the Veterans’ Memorial and the lush green grass.

Events are now being scheduled in Pack Square and McGuire Green through the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department. All reservations, fees and permitting are handled by the folks at Parks & Rec.

Pack Square Park is not only a beautiful and delightful space that speaks eloquently of the land and its people, it represents the generous philanthropic spirit established by George Willis Pack and carried forward to this day by individuals who devote their energies to building community and quality of life.
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  • Only went there at night on our way back to the parking deck. Large and lovely square with a splash attraction for kids, a lovely amphitheater, and a Veteran's Memorial. 
  • Pack Square is great for the walking tour and to look at some of the great art deco architecture of the Court House. Close to downtown and easily accessible. 
  • Nice open space. Historical buildings. Fountains. Veteran memorial. Easy walk around and in the heart of all kinds of doiwntoiwn shops and restaurants. 
  • Cool place. We stumbled upon this park at the big Crafty in July. It was great. We loved it as well as all the downtown area. I will be back for sure.
  • I love Pack Square because they always have cool activities going on my Def fav is 'Yoga in the Park' but this Sat is the last Sat for that 9/3. But this is also a great place to grab a book from the library n sit on a bench out in the grass w a coffee (plenty of local coffee shops @) n read very peaceful!!!
  • One of my favorite bars in Asheville. Always something going on and a great selection of craft beers and wonderful bar food. Friendly staff. Thanks for the tour of the haunted basement and secret prohibition tunnel ;)
  • Splashville is great fun for the little ones. It was hot in July for the parents watching the kids. There are a few trees. Bring an umbrella for the heat if you plan on sitting near the splash area.
  • Always good times here with Splashville and music events. Thanks City of Asheville!
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